CDC director says school reopening guidelines will not be revised

Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Robert Redfield, speaks during a White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing at the Department of Education building Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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UPDATED 9:27 AM PT — Thursday, July 9, 2020

CDC Director Robert Redfield said the agency will not be revising its school reopening guidelines despite pressure from President Trump.

During an interview Thursday, the official said the CDC will be providing “reference documents” separate from guidelines already introduced. He said these documents will be seeking to aid communities trying to open K-12 schools, including information for parents and caregivers.

Redfield went on to emphasize the CDC’s guidelines are not mandates and that it’s up to the schools how to best use their information to open safely.

“I think we have to continue to work with the schools to look between the six feet apart, wearing face coverings, social distancing, the seating, looking at changes in scheduling to have different crowding,” he explained. “Like I said, there’s a whole portfolio schools can look at to see what’s the right mix for them.”

His comments came after President Trump took to Twitter Wednesday to blast the CDC for its current guidelines. The president said he would be meeting with its officials to discuss the matter.

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